All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- July 12th

Rainforest Hike & Homestay #1 This weekend marked the end of our Rainforest Hike & Homestay #1. Two students from this group are moving on to Caribbean Scuba & Service #2, and two will be joining our Pacific Surf & Cert #1. “I learned so much about not only myself but how I impact the […] Read More >

All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – July 7th

Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #2 During their first days, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #2 Girl Scouts stayed at San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve in Panama where they performed night patrols and built sustainable habitats for the baby turtles. The girls had the opportunity to plant trees at San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve and felt very […] Read More >

All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- July 5th

Caribbean Scuba & Service #1 After arriving in Panama on Monday, the Caribbean Scuba & Service Session #1 students spent their first week getting their scuba diving certifications in Bocas del Toro, completing lessons and dives in the wonderful Caribbean waters. Students were able to get up-close views of a variety of tropical fish and see bioluminescence on a night […] Read More >

Course Update: Girl Scout Troop Helps Local School & Experiences Waterfall Rappel Challenge – July 1st

The Girl Scout Troop 3161 has been busy since its arrival in Costa Rica last week: the group has made its way through the community of San Isidro, hiked to Rancho Tinamu and participated in traditional activities, along with outdoor adventures. The group of eight Girl Scouts and their three chaperones, all from New York, participated in […] Read More >

All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – June 30th

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #1 After spending several days in San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve in Panama, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #1 Girl Scouts spent a day biking from Bocas del Toro to Playa Bluff. The students enjoyed the morning clement weather by exploring the beaches of Isla Carenero.. On their course, the Scuba & Sea Turtle […] Read More >

All Summer Expeditions Student Updates – June 28th

Rainforest Hike & Homestay #1 Six students arrived in Costa Rica over the weekend to begin their extensive trek through the rainforest. The group has come from Mexico City, California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Texas and Washington. Their first day on our rainforest base was spent getting to know each other and working in a local community garden. […] Read More >

Girl Scout Troop Visit Costa Rica to Hike Through the Rainforest & Visit National Parks – June 27th

The Girl Scout USA Troop 3161 has arrived at our rainforest base in Costa Rica this past Saturday. Their Sunday started with a trip to the community of San Isidro de Dota, where they will work with the community on a service project in this area that only a few privileged travelers see and experience, far […] Read More >

All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – June 23rd

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #1 After their arrival at our Rainforest Base, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #1 Girl Scouts spent several days in San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve helping with local sea turtle conservation efforts by performing night patrols and building sustainable habitats. “It was such an amazing experience and I’ll never forget holding the […] Read More >

Two Girl Scouts Troops Join Outward Bound Costa Rica on Personalized Programs – June 20th

Two Girl Scouts Troops have joined us in the past few days to respectively participate in a Rainforest & Culture Custom Program and a Panama Service Custom Expedition. The Girl Scouts Troop 31655, with 11 participants from Nothern California, will hike 16km in total, as they discover the Piedras Blancas National Park, following a route that a […] Read More >

How to Get the Most Out of Your Hike

If you’ve decided to spend your summer hiking with Outward Bound Costa Rica, then you’re in for a life changing experience. Hiking through the rainforest during the Rainforest Hike and Homestay, staying in remote villages, testing your physical and mental strength, will change the way you view yourself and the world. At Outward Bound Costa […] Read More >

Welcome, Outward Bound Costa Rica Summer 2016 Interns!

Every summer, Outward Bound Costa Rica welcomes several new staff members to assist during our high season on and off course. We are thrilled to have such a talented group of young interns joining the team  in the field as Instructor Interns! ¡Bienvenidos a todos! FIELD INSTRUCTOR INTERNS Alumni of our Outdoor Leader Semester (OLS) who best exemplify what […] Read More >

5 Environment Saving Tricks

Happy World Environment Day, everyone! Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica, we are constantly reminded of how amazing our environment is and today, we should all be thinking a little harder about what we can do to protect it. Here are five easy things you can do at home that really will make a difference in […] Read More >

6 Ways to Prepare for Your Outward Bound Costa Rica Expedition

You’ve chosen your program and reserved your spot. You’re all set for an adventure with Outward Bound Costa Rica! Now you’re counting down the days until you land in San José, ready to begin. But how can you make sure you come prepared, ready to get the most out of your experience with us? We’ve […] Read More >

5 Life Lessons Your Teen Will Get From Going Abroad Alone

Letting kids go away abroad alone isn’t always easy for parents. However, international experiences are amazing opportunities to discover the world and collect memories that last a lifetime and open our eyes forever. We’ve come up with five life lessons that your teen will surely learn while being abroad on their own: 1. Being present every step of […] Read More >

Featured Alumni Ambassador: Anna Vogts

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and the amazing things they do after finishing their Outward Bound Costa Rica course. Participants of our Alumni Ambassador program help spread the word about their life changing experiences in Costa Rica.    Name: Anna Vogts  Hometown: Paola, Kansas  Year in school/Occupation: Junior in High School  Course attended with OBCR: Scuba […] Read More >

Top 4 National parks to absolutely visit while in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches and its incredible landscape. Whether you are looking to explore its volcanoes or to discover the natural beauty and impressive biodiversity, you will not be disappointed by the country’s National Parks. Check out this top 4 lists of must-see destinations! 1. Manuel Antonio Natural Park The Manuel Antonio National Park is […] Read More >

5 Ways to Get Your Outdoor Fix Everyday

One of the things we love most about Outward Bound Costa Rica is the nature we are immersed in everyday. Whether surfing at the beach, rafting in the river, or hiking in the rainforest, our students are always surrounded by the incredible outdoors. But what happens when students return home? For most people, spending this […] Read More >

Three ways global education programs make you more employable

It is no secret that the 21st century  job market is rather competitive. More than ever, you need to set yourself apart from the pool of candidates when applying for jobs. Employers are searching for candidates who bring a unique skill set to the table, and that can be you! Here are three ways participating in […] Read More >

Farewell To Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester

Today we bid farewell to our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester Students. The group spent 70 days with us, earning internationally recognized certifications and learning to become leaders while participating in challenging outdoor activities through Costa Rica and Panama. “We just finished the three day expedition on the upper upper Pacuare river, it was probably the coolest thing […] Read More >

Farewell to our Florida Keys to Costa Rica Leadership Semester Students

After 85 days with us in Costa Rica and Panama, the time has come to bid farewell to our students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. From surfing in Playa Dominical to scuba diving in Bocas del Toro in Panama, the students pushed their limits and earned their Whitewater Rescuer Technician and NAUI Scuba Diver certifications. The homestays on the hike were a […] Read More >